Author(s): N. H. Senzai
When the Arab Spring sparks a civil war in her native country Syria, Nadia and her family are forced to leave their home in Aleppo.
Senzai (Ticket to India, 2015, etc.) tells the story of 14-year-old Nadia's narrow escape from the ancient city of Aleppo in war-torn Syria as she desperately seeks her family, who accidentally left her behind.Two years into Syria's civil war, the many armed rebel groups and the government forces are descending on Aleppo. Traumatized since her bomb injury, Nadia is pulled from under her bed as her family prepares to leave their home for a safer place. Although a relative has been assigned to monitor her, another bomb falls as they are exiting, and in the confusion, Nadia is left behind. Now she must recover from the shock and rely on her instincts, a seemingly kind old man she meets, and, ultimately, her own intelligence to make it out of Aleppo alive and find her family at the Turkish border. . . . [A] valuable introduction to the issues plaguing modern Syria and the costs of war in historically rich locales.--Kirkus Reviews Filled with kindness and hope, but also with the harsh realities of the horrors of war, this heartbreaking book is a necessary reminder of what many people live through every day.--Booklist, STARRED REVIEW The representation of a young protagonist from Syria makes this a solid purchase for middle grade collections.--School Library Journal Senzai (Ticket to India) crafts a harrowing novel about a 14-year-old girl's flight from war-torn Syria in 2013 that captures the reality of the conflict while illuminating the culture and history of the country. . . . [T]he novel's taut pacing and memorable heroine result in a gripping and intense story of the traumas inflicted on Syria's citizens.--Publishers Weekly